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 Posted: Mon Jul 9th, 2018 04:50 pm
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So....I'm going out on a limb here....BUUUUUT...I think this movie is in the Top 10 of any movie I have ever seen. Maybe top 5.

FICTION OR NON-FICTION OR DOCUMENTARY.

It is a Documentary/Biography about Fred Rogers of "Mr. Roger's Neighborhood."

As one of my mentors/teachers once said years ago, "Always leave yourself open to Wonder and Surprise."

Which is what Mr. Rogers was doing on every show he did.

What a gift this movie is. And, mind you, I am as stunned in writing this as you may be in reading this. I consider myself one of the most skeptical,semi- cynical people in the world. (But a somewhat decent, Romanitc Hopeful person as well!) My favorite quote in all of Dramatic Literature is from Larry Gelbart's play "Sly Fox." The quote is "You can never think too little of any man...there is always less."

This movie about Mr. Rogers is not made to be an Epic movie. But, somehow it is! This is ONLY a quiet, unobtrusive movie documenting the DEPTH and the COMMITTMENT of an individual human soul through his actions - with the help of people around him - who are dedicated to the betterment of Humankind. What is more EPIC than THAT?!!

NOT A BAD CONCEPT, EH?

All beginning in his youth.

No different from any other person you may know of historically or from your own personal life...that quietly seeks the essence and mystery of decency and goodness through their beliefs and actions in order to make the world a better place...whether familially, locally or globally.

I could go on...but I'll shut up.

If you get a chance...see it.

Best,

IMR

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 Posted: Sat Jul 14th, 2018 03:22 am
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I saw it a couple weeks ago, really really well-done. Fred Rogers was such an exemplary man, like no other, a man who largely projected a great and quiet simplicity, and an enormous heart, but who of course had his own private insecurities that made him human.

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Sold! Now I have to see this film - that simple.

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 Posted: Tue Jul 17th, 2018 10:39 am
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Anyone know when/where this will be available in the UK?

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 Posted: Tue Jul 17th, 2018 05:26 pm
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It is a limited release in the USA, so it might not go International.

Will probably go to some other delivery system.

Nice thing about the movies is there are no disturbances!

IMR

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Yes, hoping for HBO or Netflix

My American daughter-in-law saw it Monday and is full of praise

Obviously a Must-see

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